New Delhi: Indian Railways delivered a total of 258,503 wagons of commodities of which 155,512 wagons contained essential items between April 2 to 8.
Of these 21,247 wagons were of foodgrains, 11,336 wagons of fertilisers, 124,759 wagons of coal and 7,665 wagons of petroleum products, an official statement here said.
Altogether 6.75 lakh wagons of commodities, including about 4.50 lakh wagons of essential commodities
like foodgrains, salt, sugar, edible oil, coal and petroleum products have been transported by rail since March 23.
Railways transports approximately 6.75 lakh wagons of commodities including about 4.50 lakh wagons of essential commodities like foodgrains, salt, sugar, edible oil, coal and petroleum products since March 23.
Indian Railways has been delivering essential commodities through its freight services during the nationwide lockdown to strengthen the Government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of COVID-19 in the country. The Union Government has been focusing on ensuring that the supply chains of essential goods are maintained, besides transporting farm produce without hindrance within the state and inter-state.
The Union Government has granted a slew of exemptions and relaxations for agriculture and allied sectors with respect to the 21-day lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak so as to ensure that the farmers do not suffer from any adverse fallout.
Meanwhile, the Department of Fertiliaers of Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers is making all-efforts to ensure an adequate supply of fertilisers for the upcoming Kharif season.
The Department of Fertilisers is closely monitoring the production, movement and availability of fertilisers and is in regular touch with state governments and Ministry of Railways on the same. Amid the lockdown, Railways is also working closely with the Food Corporation of India and has moved more than 800 rakes carrying more than 20 lakh MT food grains across the country since March 24. FCI is able to meet the increasing demand of food grains by gearing up the pace of supply of wheat and rice throughout the country mostly by rail.
Railways has also introduced 109 time-table parcel trains to supply essential commodities including perishable horticulture produce, seeds, milk and dairy products. Approximately, 59 routes (109 trains) for parcel special trains have been notified since the beginning of the lockdown. Almost all the important cities of India will get connected for transportation of essential and perishable goods at a fast speed. These services are expected to be further scaled up as per requirement.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), with its orders under the Disaster Management Act, has allowed manufacture/production, transport and other related supply-chain activities in respect of essential goods like foodstuff, medicines and medical equipment.